Her daughter woke up Wednesday morning and found the front door of their apartment open and her mother missing, Martinez said.
She was found about 1:30 p.m. Thursday by someone who recognized her from news coverage and called authorities, said Anaheim police Sgt. Rick Martinez.
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Padilla was reunited with her family within an hour, he said.
Martinez said Padilla was found five to eight miles from her home.
"She took a couple of blankets with her," Martinez said.
He said she was in good spirits and in good condition.
The person who found her was unable to communicate with her, Martinez said.